Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (1)

Hello!! Welcome back to my blog. If you have followed me from my previous series, I am still covering on my trip to Bangkok, Thailand back in 2008 (yes… way back then! A delayed posting. =P )

This was my 3rd day in Thailand and I have covered earlier posting on; Damnoen Saduak Ratchaburi Floating Market, Fruit Orchard in Ratchaburi Province, Wat Nong Hoi Temple in Ratchaburi Province , Tree Temple at Samut Songkhram Province, King Rama II Memorial Park at Amphawa, and my last series was on Amphawa Floating Market

Today I will cover on my trip along Chao Phraya River which passes through Bangkok city.

A brief intro before I start my journey. Chao Phraya is one of the major rivers in Thailand with its low alluvial plains. Along the river, there a lots of settlements such as Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut.  These cities are among the most historically significant and densely populated settlements of Thailand because of their access to the waterway.

In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya is a major transportation gateway for a vast network of river buses, cross-river ferries and water taxis, also known as longtails. There are more than 15 boat lines operate on the rivers and canals of the city, including commuter lines which you can choose from which I will be taking as one of the transport around the river. =)

Ok… let’s get going. Starting off, I hopped on to the Bangkok Skytrain to the Saphan Taksin station (on Shilon Line) in Sathorn District to catch the river bus on Chao Phraya river.

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From the Saphan Taksin station, it was a few minutes walk to the Sathorn Pier. Easy walk. =)

A view from the pier to catch the Sathorn Pier or the Central Pier of the 21km Chao Phraya River Express Boat route.

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The pier is right under the bridge of Sathon Road.

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One of the River buses… shape with roof like an  old Thailand building architecture.

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Hotel Shangrila Palace which is next to Chao Phraya  River.

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One of the many piers along Chao Phraya river.

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Holy Rosary Church built by the Portuguese in Samphanthawong on the bank of Chao Phraya; south of Yaowarat, Chinatown.

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Interesting ride. Wanna see more? Come and follow me on my next posting on this series of ride down River Chao Phraya. =)

Cycling in the Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam – Botanical Garden

Went to the Botanical Garden again. This the 2nd time in 2 days. The day before, I was there to participate in the Skytrex Adventure where I did climbing and doing lots of flying fox up in the air, high wire crossing, doing tarzan swings; 26 thrilling challenges, all up to 17m above ground.

Today, I was there early to enjoy cycling in the park which cover over 1260 hectares. Even though I was early there, there was a lot of people earlier than me, and waiting for the gates to the park to be open. Reason, so they go in and quickly rent a bicycle to cycle as the shop inside only has a limited of up to 200 bicycles for rental.

It was a nice day to cycle as the night before it rain heavily and in the morning, it was cool and nice.

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (1) Cycling …. It is not a flat road but an uphill and downhill along the way.

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (2) A nice shot of the beam of sunlight through the trees in the morning.

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (3) The Skytrex Adventure which is located inside the park.

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (4) A group of people doing the initiation training before taking on the real challenges!!

In the garden, there is also an orchard where you can find all sorts of tropical fruits where they have planted and taken care; rambutans, mangosteen, durians, starfruit, dragon fruit and lots more.

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Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (7) Hand picked rambutans directly from  the trees.

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (8) Chempedak still on the tress.

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (6) Me on the bike….

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (10) Dragon fruit trees.

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (9) Stop and give way to porcupine crossing

Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (11)…. and deer crossing too.

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Bukit Cahaya_Dec_2012 (12) Their also built a Malay kampung style building.

On the way back to the entrance, took this shot of a small lake.

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It was a nice cycling day all together….. a perfect day for a family outing or group activities.